....Or not. Certainly not the LeGuin novel. The Narrative plays it like her The Day Before The Revolution, with Britain's rioters and looters as the losers in a rigid class system, stuck and despairing schmucks with zero upward mobility.
The arrests are telling a different story, with everyone from the lowest of the low to youngsters with bright prospects among the nouveau ruina et iaculis set ("smash and grab." I hear all the kewl kids are doin' it).
Yeah. They're not doin' it 'cos they haven't got, they're doin' it because it is there. This, of course, occasions another handy excuse: "Many of these criminals are no different from [liberal politician] Nick Clegg, who at the age of 16 narrowly escaped a conviction in Germany for setting fire to a professor's cactus collection for a 'drunken lark.'" -- That sophistry comes from the young-looking Daniel Knowles, who says we hadn't ought to call the sweet young Visigoths "feral scum," asking piously, "What do we do to “feral” animals? Oh yes, we exterminate them." Darn straight, sir, and about damn time. Civil society had 18, 19, 20 or more years to civilise these young Britons and it has failed. Perhaps you will take more care when you bring up the next crop and will be more minded of where the blame belongs when a child misbehaves, when a person reaches adulthood with so little regard for the discipline that makes us more than mere animals that they will burn and loot on impulse, that they'll throw rocks at shop windows and their fellowmen with no more concern than if they were skipping stones across a lake. British parents -- inheritors of the proud traditions of a nation that once bragged of having civilized the world -- failed a significant percentage of their children.
And sadly, too few of their savage offspring will get what feral dogs get -- and they will deserve it more. I doubt most of them can be salvaged. If you think they have made a mess of things now, just wait until more of them start voting!
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